Look after yourself: eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and leave time for activities that

help you relax.

Regularly review your revision progress, and be flexible about altering your plans as necessary.

Past papers are a valuable resource. Practise answering past questions by either timing yourself under mock exam conditions or planning out what you would write.

In the exam, read the questions slowly and carefully. This ensures that you see the question that is there, not one you might have been expecting to be on the paper.

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Revision and exams
Ten top tips for students


Make a list of the relevant topics, sources of information and an estimate of how long each topic will take to revise.

Have a clear goal for each revision session to keep you focused.

Use diagrams, colour, bullet points, numbering and key words to make your notes clear, accessible and more motivating to revise from.

As you finish revising a topic, create a list of questions that you can come back to later. This will help you reinforce what you’ve learned and identify any gaps in your knowledge.

Short breaks improve the efficiency of your revision: try taking a 5 minute break every 20 minutes to maintain high levels of concentration and recall.

Don’t just focus on what information you can take in – test your ability to recall, select and organise material because this is what you will need to do in the exam.

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